XJAZZ! Festival | Sebastian Hecht & Anastasiia Pokaz
As a trained keyboardist, Szabolcs Bognar has been active in the versatile music scene of Budapest for many years. He’s been a member of several successful Hungarian acts, including Amoeba, Soulclap Budapest and the latest project - The Mabon Dawud Republic - a fourteen-piece afrobeat orchestra guest-starring the likes of Dele Sosimi and Pat Thomas.
After gaining support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Soulection, Okayplayer, KEXP and appearing for an energetic live set at Thris Tian’s Global Roots radio show on Worldwide FM, Àbáse released his long-anticipated debut EP, “Invocation” in May 2019 via HHV Records & Cosmic Compositions. The first vinyl pressings sold out in less than six months.
After residencies in Paris, Lyon, New York, Rio De Janeiro and Salvador, Àbáse is now based in Berlin pursuing his solo career. He’s also the keyboard player for Nigerian soul singer Wayne Snow and Australian jazz drummer Ziggy Zeitgeist’s Freedom Energy Exchange.
His solo project Àbáse (meaning ‘collaboration’ in West African Yoruba language) is focusing on the cross-paths of afrobeat, hip hop, jazz and electronica with a heavyweight international rhythm section and special guests from Brazil, Africa and its diaspora. In 2021 Àbáse will release his debut album written and recorded entirely during his travels in Brazil featuring young talents from the contemporary scenes of Rio De Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia.